Worldwide Friends

WORKCAMP IN THE EAST: Eistnaflug Rock festival

Project and location: 

Neskaupstaður is a medium-sized town by Icelandic standards. With its 1,420 inhabitants, it has the largest population in the East Fjords. The town has been growing and prospering since the early 1900´s and is almost completely self-sufficient thanks to the fishing industry. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, away from other villages and communities, the town is equipped with all the necessary facilities and stores: a bakery, a local dairy, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a school, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a church, a hospital, a harbour, an airstrip, a hotel, a jazz club, a rescue centre, etc. As a matter of fact, it has all the services and professionals you would expect in a larger town, with the exception of an optician! In the east of the town, a wildlife reserve and a large recreational area face the ocean. In the lower section of the reserve called Hagi lies the famous Páskahellir (Easter Cave), a rock vault over the shore. Holes left by thick, 10 to 12-million-year-old tree trunks can be seen inside the vault and, in true Icelandic spirit, various folk tales are associated with the cave. Neskaupstaður can be reached only by driving through a one-way tunnel over the highest year-round pass in Iceland. 

Eistnaflug is a metal festival in Iceland that has taken place annually since the summer of 2005. Eistnaflug is an indoor festival situated in Neskaupstaður, a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord on the Eastern coast of Iceland, 700 km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one-day metal festival on 27 August 2005, but has since grown into a four-day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage. The line-up usually consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic. 

Musically, Eistnaflug is also a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected foreign acts going up against a massive selection of musicians Iceland’s music scene has to offer. There are no boundaries – from indie rock and hardcore to black metal – everything is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug. 

Work: 

Volunteers will help the organisers of the festival with different tasks. For example, they will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control access to the festival area and prepare the camping site. They will assist the local organisation in keeping the area clean during the festival.  

Leisure time: 

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Neskaupstadur. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. 

WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents. Take a look at  http://wf.is/excursions/  

Volunteers will also have free access to the concerts during the festival. 

Accommodation and food:

Volunteers will be staying in a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided; however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags. Volunteers will shower at the local swimming pool and sports centre near the house. It is also possible sleep in tents for one or two nights during the festival to get into the right spirit. 

Volunteers will be staying in a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided; however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags. Volunteers will shower at the local swimming pool and sports centre near the house. It is also possible sleep in tents for one or two nights during the festival to get into the right spirit. 

Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home! 

Requirements: 

No special requirements  

Additional information:

There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back again which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). On the way to the camp, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the camp, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.